It sure felt great getting back to my usual healthy diet yesterday! I don’t think I’ve ever craved a grilled chicken breast more than I did when I fired up the grill yesterday afternoon for meal #3.
You know, I had a great time on my vacation (see yesterday’s blog for the Good, the Bad and the Ugly), but I’m a little disappointed in myself for straying so far from the path during those two weeks. I worked hard to reach my goal of 158 pounds and 6.2% body fat, and to let myself slide back somewhat over just two weeks was dumb. Sure, I was on vacation, but I went overboard. I am so “all or nothing” it’s ridiculous. The next time I go on vacation I’m going to make an effort to dial back my tendency to turn up everything I do to eleven.
The “damage” is not that bad, of course. I’m probably looking at 10 pounds, some of which is water weight. That’s cool, I actually enjoy cutting and focusing on my diet, so this will be fun for me.
I’m going to approach this almost identically to how I approach any other cut (with one difference, more on that below):
- Clean, all-natural foods. The only processed foods I’ll consume are Nitrean protein powder, Clif bars and sauces like Sriracha. I’ll also have energy gels and chews on rides.
- All meals will be logged online. Every calorie will be accounted for.
- Minimum of 8 hours sleep each night. A good night of sleep is imperative, especially while in a caloric deficit and training hard.
- No missed workouts. I don’t skip workouts. Period.
- NO EXCUSES.
Normally when I cut I do not consume any cheat meals or alcohol the entire duration. The only difference between this “mini-cut” and my usual cuts is I’ll will allow myself one splurge meal per week, and that can include three beers or glasses of red wine. Apart from that, no splurge meals or alcohol will be consumed.
I’ll be logging all my meals, stats and exercise on MyFitnessPal. Feel free to check out the logs and add me as a friend if you’re interested.
If you see something in my food logs that is a recipe (for example, in yesterday’s food log I have “Recovery Smoothie” and “Chicken Ranch Salad“), you can always find the recipes for those items on this site in the Recipe section.
Hey, look what arrived yesterday (click to enlarge):
I worked my butt off to earn the right to wear that jersey, and I wore it on yesterday’s ride with pride! The jersey looks sharp and fits perfectly. Thanks to TrainerRoad for putting on another fantastic 8DC, and providing a commemorative jersey to those who went the distance.